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The vast majority of COVID19 restrictions have been lifted across the UK and Ireland. Governments are still advising citizens to be sensible and safe, and we urge all members of our community to remain cautious and to follow government advice.
We will continue to support everyone involved in our programmes. There are no restrictions on arrivals into the UK or Ireland, though we still strongly recommend that students take out and check their travel insurance before travelling.
We recommend that students check their terms of insurance before travelling.
We are keeping our community regularly updated on relevant government guidelines, and we are here to support all of our students and host families. We’ve offered guidelines to all parties involved in our programmes, taking our cue from the governments in the UK and Ireland. Some of our usual in-person events will be taking place virtually, though we hope that students can experience a relatively normal exchange year during this coming season.
Our experienced support team at Head Office, as well as our dedicated Local Support Coordinators, are working hard to support both our students and our host families. LSCs are in regular communication with students and host families, and our Student Ambassador contacts students weekly. We offer 24/7 emergency support and our team is always available to help and support students and host families.
We have also set up a number of online clubs and virtual activities, including a book club, a film club and a pen-pal programme, as well as regular competitions.
If the UK or Ireland enter into a new national (or local) lockdown, we will support our students and host families during this time. We will not request that our students leave the country unless the government instructs that this should happen. Our schools are well-prepared for students studying from home, so if students do have to temporarily stop attending school, they will be able to study online during this period.